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Baloskion pallens (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson
Family Restionaceae
Baloskion pallens (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson APNI*

Synonyms: Restio pallens R.Br. APNI*

Description: Dioecious perennial herb; rhizome shortly creeping.

Culms erect, 50–100 cm high, c. 1.5–2.5 mm diam. Sheaths closely appressed, c. 10–20 mm long, glabrous, apex acute; lamina absent. Flowering glumes c. 2.5–4 mm long.

Spikelets mostly crowded together on the branches or at the nodes of the inflorescence, the exposed portion of the pedicels not exceeding 5 mm long. Apex of the subtending bracts often reflexed by contact with the lower spikelets. Spikelets 10–60, very shortly pedicellate or nearly sessile, arranged in a narrow, usually twice branched panicle up to 25 cm long; individual spikelets globose to ovate in shape, 5.5–7 mm long. Glumes with caudate apex, glabrous to few long hairs on margins. Male tepals 6; stamens 3; pistillode minute. Female tepals 4; staminodes 2.

Distribution and occurrence: in swampy places in sandy or peaty wallum country; coastal districts north from Richmond region.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by A. L. Quirico & B. G. Briggs (1993)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993) (as Restio pallens)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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